Juneau falls at a glance
Residents interviewed for this article pointed to Ebner Falls and Nugget Falls as the most spectacular cascades in town, but a handful of others also ranked high.

A wealth of Waterfalls
When the clouds close in and the rain is unrelenting, people who love waterfalls head for the hills.

Garbage pickup times
Like many Juneau residents, our family shares our property with several bears and a couple of de

Acting as if nothing is amiss in America
I watched the fireworks over the channel, and the next day I ambled over to the parade and watched the floats and the dancers, and all that boisterous celebration of freedom in America. I watched with an odd feeling of disconnect and sadness. From the enthusiasm, you wouldn't have an inkling that anything was wrong lately.

No laugh track needed these days
I miss the old Bob Newhart Show, especially those characters Dr. Hartley dealt with in group therapy.

Somewhat shocked at dredging votes
When I read your front page article in Tuesday's paper in which the assembly (two members and the mayor) didn't support the North Wharf Dredging project, I was somewhat shocked. It certainly seems dumb on the part of Sally Smith, Marc Wheeler and Frankie Pillifant not to support something so basic as this that would make our harbor a little safer for the cruise ships.


School bills become law
JUNEAU -- Gov. Tony Knowles on Friday signed bills to spend $18.4 million more running schools this year, plus $105 million building and repairing them.

Fire damages valley home
A fire of unknown cause damaged a Mendenhall Valley house Saturday night. No one was home at the time, and no one was injured fighting the blaze, officials from Capital City Fire and Rescue said.

Studying abroad gives locals a new view
Brent Vollenweider is studying architectural engineering in Colorado, but some of his studies have taken him farther away from his Juneau home. Through a Semester at Sea program, he cruised to Asia, Africa and South America, including a stop at the tallest building in the world, the 88-floor Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

MADD's nat'l president urges alcohol education in Alaska
Educating children as well as their parents is one of the keys to solving Alaska's drunken driving problems, according to Millie Webb, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Around Town

Missing Hiker Found Alive
Search and rescue teams this afternoon found a hiker lost since Saturday injured but alive. A helicopter pilot spotted 21-year-old Joshua Shrader near Powerline Ridge roughly two miles north of the end of Sheep Creek Trail. Shrader apparently was stamping out the word "help" in the snow when the pilot found him.



Fighter pilot lives childhood dream in visit to Wrangell
Eric Werner had a childhood fantasy that one day he would pilot a fighter jet to his hometown of Wrangell and wow the crowds on the ground. On July 3, his fantasy came true.

Around Town

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...


Legion team edges Alumni, 6-5
Safe at home: American Legion Post 25's Evan Scandling scores on a wild pitch in the first inning of Sunday's 6-5 victory over a Juneau Alumni team, beating Alumni pitcher Wade Walter to home plate for the first run of the game. For the complete story click here.


Copyright law in the age of e-mail
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The transforming songs of Cody Gray Eyes
Saturday afternoon I went over to the powwow - "A Gathering of Tribes" - being held at the Armory. I went partly out of curiosity, having never been to a powwow before, but mainly because I read that there would be a tribute to Cody Gray Eyes, a Juneau man who in past years has been very active at powwows here in town. When I arrived at the powwow, I discovered that the tribute was a memorial. Cody Gray Eyes had passed away.

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'Dangers of Invasion from without and Convulsions within'
To get into the spirit and celebrate our Independence Day holiday, I read the Declaration of Independence. I was familiar with the basic idea and can quote the popular phrases, but had never read the whole thing. Most people took care of this chore much earlier in life, but after reading it this week, I am grateful I waited. It would have given me nightmares as a youngster.

Are American students studying enough?
Americans spend more on schooling students than nearly all other affluent countries. Yet our students make the fewest gains in reading, mathematics and science.

China's stubborn abuses
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: China may win the right this week to host the 2008 Olympics, but its victory wouldn't offer anything to cheer about. Beijing has not been attempting to improve its human rights record as part of its bid for the Olympics. On the contrary, it's been thumbing its nose at its own citizens and the rest of the world.

Ferry system, part 2
Last Sunday's editorial commentary on the problems with the Alaska Marine Highway System generated a lot of interest. Support for revisiting the Southeast Transportation Plan is deep and growing.

Legion team edges Alumni, 6-5
The rain held off just long enough for Juneau's American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns to squeak by the Juneau Alumni team 6-5 on Sunday in an exhibition baseball game at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Governor's Cup Fun Run results
Results from Saturday's Juneau Racquet Club-Governor's Cup 5K Fun Run, a race from the Dimond Courthouse to the American Red Cross building near the hospital.

Rain cancels local sporting events
Rain washed out two local sports events on Saturday and may postpone another today.

Sports in Juneau

Midnight Suns take third in Tacoma Classic
The 14-younger team from Juneau's Midnight Suns Fastpitch Softball Association finished third out of 10 teams Sunday in the Tacoma Classic softball tournament in Tacoma, Wash., while 16-younger team from the Midnight Suns finished fourth out of seven teams in their bracket.

Knowles runs in Governor's Cup
Rain may have kept the big crowds away from Saturday's 24th annual JRC-Governor's Cup 5-kilometer fun run, but it didn't stop Gov. Tony Knowles from making a rare appearance in the race.

Sports in Juneau

Temps climb 5 to 10 degrees
SHISHMAREF - Mean temperatures in the state have increased by 5 degrees in the summer and 10 degrees in the winter over the past 30 years. said Gunter Weller, director of the Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

3 teens, police officer die in Anchorage crash
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage police officer and three teen-agers were killed today in a head-on collision after a driver suspected of being drunk refused to stop for police.

Knowles vetoes bills for Senate succession, PFD study
ANCHORAGE -- Gov. Tony Knowles vetoed a bill Saturday that would have changed the way the governor chooses a successor should one of Alaska's U.S. Senate seats become vacant. The governor also vetoed a bill that would have taken $200,000 from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to study the economic and social effects of the permanent fund dividend.

President of Doyon Ltd. dies at 53
FAIRBANKS -- Rosemarie Maher, the president and chief executive officer of Doyon Ltd., died Friday night in Fairbanks.

Tsunami watchers live to warn of big waves
ANCHORAGE - Alec Medbery waded through knee-high fireweed and dandelions to a granite outcropping overlooking the city of Palmer. Rattling his keys, he opened a door in a concrete wall under the big rock and snapped on a light bulb in a damp government-gray room with an orange cylinder sitting in the center.

Public gets questions before road ban update
WASHINGTON -- The Forest Service has come up with 10 questions it wants the public to consider before revising a Clinton-era ban on logging and road construction on a third of national forest land.


Report says Steller sea lions ignore pollock
ANCHORAGE -- Alaska's endangered Steller sea lions feast on herring but ignore more abundant pollock, according to a report in the June 28 issue of the British science journal Nature.

Rain helps dampen wildfires
ANCHORAGE -- Continued rainfall Saturday helped dampen wildfires burning around the state.

Climate changes threaten Western Alaska village
SHISHMAREF - As world leaders debate the possibility of global warming and its uncertain threat to the future, the reality of climate change has closed in on this Western Alaska Eskimo village - to be precise, on a rusty fuel tank farm holding 80,000 gallons of gasoline and stove oil.

Four people rescued after hours in life raft
MOSCOW - The American pilot of a plane on its way to Alaska that fell into the sea off Russia's Far East struggled for 15 hours to keep afloat in a life raft with his three Japanese passengers before hearing the sounds of the ship that rescued them.


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